In Sunday's co-featured $200,000 San Clemente Stakes at Del Mar, War Heroine and jockey Tyler Baze barely held off the fast-closing Ollie's Candy to win by a neck, with 5-2 favored Ms Bad Behavior only another neck away in third place. Ahimsa was fourth in the field of 13 three-year-old fillies.
“She's an extremely fast filly; extremely fast,” said Baze. “But it isn't so much about the speed, it's about how they're expanding their energy. She was doing it well today. I knew she was good for a mile; she's all heart. She loves to stick her neck out and win. She's tough.”
War Heroine, a daughter of Lonhro owned by Gary Barber and trained by Peter Miller, accomplished the mile over the turf in 1:34.90 and returned $13.80, $7.80 and $4.80. The win was her fourth in six starts and first prize of $120,000 almost doubled her earnings to $240,945.
“She reminds me a lot of Belvoir Bay; small but mighty,” Miller said. “She's got a big heart and a lot of speed. I didn't think we'd be on the lead and I told Tyler she doesn't need to be, but if they give it to you take it. He rode a super race, got reasonable fractions and she really kicked home strong. I see no reason not to try her in the Del Mar Oaks. I think that's the move and that's what we'll do.”
Runner-up Ollie's Candy returned $8.60 and $5 while Ms Bad Behavior paid $3.20 to show.
The San Clemente is a prelude to the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks, also on Saturday, August 18.
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